I'm sort of determined to nail this scene, which is something I have had to redo so many times before.
Here's another test, trying to simplify things more. After showing my previous test to Dan and Matt again, I realized I had put in FAR too much detail, for a shot that only appears for roughly 5 frames. So here's a copy and paste jobby, with a bit of rough arm animation.
I personally think it is a bit crap. The knight looks silly floating up in that same pose. However, animating him seems a bit pointless, espesh considering the camera pans up the tower. The face he is frozen may not be visible when panning at the same time.